MOSS BLUFF — Brock DeVille loves everything about the Fourth of July.
"I love the fireworks, the candy, the jumpees, everything," the 6-year-old said through a mouthful of Sugar Babies caramel pieces.
DeVille was among an estimated 4,000 who attended Thursday's inaugural Red, White & Boom event at the Moss Bluff recreation complex.
Hosted by the Moss Bluff Civic Club, Moss Bluff Women's League and First Baptist Church of Moss Bluff, the free event included food trucks, music by Zydecane and Louisiana Yard Dogs, an inflatable obstacle course, face painting, volleyball, kickball, bounce houses and more.
"It's been a fantastic night," said FBC student pastor John Louviere. "We think there is about 4,000 people here, which is crazy. It's so awesome."
Louviere said additional businesses approached him during the festival asking to be involved in next year's event.
"We used to do a Fourth of July event each year at our church and we were sitting around as a staff at one of our retreats planning our events for the year and thought about what we could do to partner with the community and do it with them instead of having everything on our campus."
He said staff members approached the Women's League and Civic Club "and it just kind of took off from there."
Staff members handed out free popcorn, cotton candy, water and soft drinks while volunteers from all three organizations volunteered to help out with the games and face painting and drive attendees back to their vehicles using multiple golf courses.
"It's been pretty nice," Marlana Bergeron said. "They did a great job, there's plenty for the kids and the bands were pretty good. We had a good time."